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Peggy Jean Ritch

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Peggy Jean Ritch, 90, passed away peacefully on October 24, 2017 in Austin, TX.  She was born Peggy Jean Mullis on September 17, 1927 in Austin, TX to parents Samuel and Winifred Mullis, an only child.  Peggy grew up in Austin and Ft. Worth, attended the old Austin High School, and attended University of Texas in Austin, where she met her future husband, Alden Ritch in 1947.  They were married in 1950 and moved to Galveston, TX so that Mr. Ritch could attend medical school there.  Following graduation and internship, she and Alden moved to Freeport, TX, then to Denver, CO, back to the Houston area, and finally to Roswell, NM in 1961.  Peggy and Alden had four sons, in order:  Thomas Alden Ritch, Jr., Michael David Ritch, Scott Samuel Ritch, and Randall Hugh Ritch, all still alive.  Peggy was a volunteer in the Pink Pantry cafe at St. Mary’s Hospital in Roswell.  Peggy and Alden divorced in 1973.  Peggy moved back to Austin, where she retired from the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services in 2010.  She enjoyed reading fiction, and was most interested in needlepoint, movies, and her pets.
She is survived by her four sons, six grandchildren (age order, all Ritch surname: Shane, Joel, Jeremy, Matthew, Amelia, and Elijah), and a great-grandson, Harrison.  Her ex-husband, Dr. Alden Ritch, still lives in Roswell.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Brookdale Parmer Lane assisted living facility in Austin, her residence from 2010 until her death.  No formal services are planned.